“heifer” vs “heiferette”. what is the difference?

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“heifer” vs “heiferette”. what is the difference?

Post by Sir Loin » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:51 am

“heifer” vs “heiferette”. what is the difference?

On another thread I asked this question:
Explain to me what the difference is between a “heifer” and a “heiferette”.

Source: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=73887

I have been doing a little research on this one and have formed an opinion as to where and why “heieferette” is being used, but I am still hesitant to state my opinion (IMO) as fact.

If you have any information (facts) on this subject would you please quote it along with the source (URL).
If you would like to just make a statement on the subject, please start with “IMO”.
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Re: “heifer” vs “heiferette”. what is the difference?

Post by ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:14 pm

i use to rope with a feller, who roped off a 12 year old colt :cowboy:
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Post by Isomade » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:34 pm

Fact: heiferette has been used on the boards more in the last three days than ever before. Fact: using or not using "heiferette" as a real term will not make me any more money nor cost me a dime. IMO- Y'all need something better to do.
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Post by ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:38 pm

i would'nt ues the term heiferette if you beat me...
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Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:42 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:i would'nt ues the term heiferette if you beat me...



I love it now that was dam well said. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by Isomade » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:42 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:i would'nt ues the term heiferette if you beat me...

:lol: :lol:
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Post by Sir Loin » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:33 pm

ALACOWMAN

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That’s a good one!
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Post by Crazy Farmgirl » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:28 pm

I'll be honest I had to look this up....never heard the term "heiferette".

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/heiferette

Noun: heiferette (plural heiferettes)

1.A female bovine, usually more than six months of age and less than two years of age, that has had no more than one calf.



http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/heifer

Noun: heifer (plural heifers)

1.A young female bovine (cow) that has not yet had a calf.



http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cow

Noun: Cow cow (plural cows, cattle or kine (archaic))

1.A female domesticated ox or other bovine, especially an adult after she has had a calf.
2.More generally, any domestic bovine regardless of sex or age.
3.The meat (beef) of such animals, used as food for humans.
4.The female of larger species of mammal, including bovines, moose, whales, seals, hippos, rhinos, manatees, and elephants.
5.(UK, derogatory, informal) A woman who is considered despicable in some way, especially one considered to be fat, lazy, ugly, argumentative, mean or spiteful.
6.(informal) Anything that is annoyingly difficult, awkward or graceless.
That website is a real cow to navigate.
7.(informal) A conniption fit or hissy fit; a state of agitation (only in the phrase have a cow).


I learned something new today! That being said... I'm not about to start using the word. In my neck of the woods a heifer has had no calf and as soon as she does she's a cow! Which per the definitions is completely right and acceptable!

IMO alot of the english language is regional doesn't make anyone more right or wrong just means you live in different areas!

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Post by ALACOWMAN » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:50 pm

here's exactly the way>>>> '''i''' <<<<< ie ''me'' word it,,, right or wrong...before calving ,bred heifer,,aftewards their first calvers dont call her a cow, nor heifer.. unless pressured to do so, but so for ive met no opposition on the farm .... this site is sho nuff one that can go into detail overkill, :cowboy:
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Post by dun » Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:43 pm

Crazy Farmgirl wrote:IMO alot of the english language is regional doesn't make anyone more right or wrong just means you live in different areas!

It's kind of like the British and Americans: 2 countrys "separated" by a common language George Bernard Shaw
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Post by IluvABbeef » Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:13 pm

I really hate to say this on here, but I always thought that heiferette referred to warpaint and Crowder's girls. Guess not, thankfully.

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Post by IluvABbeef » Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:17 pm

In all seriousness, I always figgered that if a female bovine looks like a heifer, then she's a heifer. If she looks like a cow, then she's a cow. Apparently the lines between which is what and what are the correct terms get really marred with more opinions on which is right and wrong.

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Post by Sir Loin » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:22 pm

Crazy Farmgirl

The only problem I am having with your definitions, is the source.
FYI: Any person can change those definitions at any time, and has.
Go to your site and click on history.
Definitely not a reliable source.
Did you see: O'CONNELL v. JACKSON Re: “heieferette”
What is the definition of “heieferette” there?
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Post by Sir Loin » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:32 pm

How about this definition?
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Merriam-Webster
Definition of HEIFERETTE
: a large heavy heifer having nearly the size and development of a mature cow

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heiferette
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Post by dun » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:34 pm

Sir Loin wrote:How about this definition?
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Merriam-Webster
Definition of HEIFERETTE
: a large heavy heifer having nearly the size and development of a mature cow

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heiferette

That doesn;t jibe with the following from Cornell:
http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/extension/beef/beefu5.pdf
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